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Holiday Lighting Celebration, Dinner, Holiday Concert: Willamette Universityh Sat. Dec. 6
Holiday Lighting Celebration at Jackson Plaza
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Holiday Lighting Celebration in Jackson Plaza

To ensure the continuing health of the Star Trees, Willamette University will take a hiatus from the traditional Star Trees lighting. Instead, please join us for a Holiday Lighting Celebration in Jackson Plaza.

As in years past, the evening will still begin with holiday dinner in Goudy Commons and end with the free family concert in Smith Auditorium.

Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available.

Beta Theta Pi fraternity will accept donations of coats and clothing before the lighting ceremony to benefit people in need.
Holiday Dinner

A special holiday dinner featuring delectable seasonal dishes will be served buffet-style from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Goudy Commons.

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Wilted Mustard Greens with Fried Sweet Onions, Toasted Hazelnuts, Local Chevre, Flying Bee Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Hood River Apple & Pear Salad with Celery, Toasted Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Butter Lettuce, and Honey Lemon Yogurt Dressing
Mixed Greens with Roasted Pumpkin, Ricotta Salata, Yellow Beets, Griddled Parsnips, and Roasted Citrus Vinaigrette

Main Courses:

Smoke-Roasted Carlton Farms Pork (Apple Cider, Clove, and Nutmeg Brined) with Local Apple Brandy Pan Jus
Winter Chicken Stew with Onions, Carrots, Potatoes and topped with Yukon Potato Puree, Tillamook White Cheddar, and Fresh Herbs


Chile Spiced Candied Yams with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar
Golden Lake Fingerling Potatoes with Jacobsen Sea Salt and Herbs
Roasted Local Hard Squash (Three Varieties / Mixed)


Assorted Seasonal Cookies (including gluten-free)
Caramel Pear Spice Bars
Pumpkin Raisin Bars

No reservations are needed for this dinner. The cost is $11 for adults, $8 for Willamette faculty, staff and students and $8 for children 13 and younger. Children 7 and younger eat for free if accompanied by an adult.
Family Concert

Immediately following the lighting celebration please join us for a free family concert at 7 p.m. at Smith Auditorium, sponsored by the university’s music department. The Willamette University Wind Ensemble and special guests will perform an array of seasonal music. Seating is limited.
Entered by: Diane Trevett on 11/18/2014 18:25

Annual Christmas in Hudson Hall: Willamette University
The Willamette University Choral Department presents its annual Christmas in Hudson Hall on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., in the Mary Stuart Rogers Center on Willamette’s campus. The performance includes sacred songs, dramatic readings and traditional carols in the gorgeous Hudson Hall that will be transformed into a wonderland of lit Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. This event sells out each year.
The event is a tradition that originated as a lessons and carols service. It has grown into a broader service but stays true to its original intent of illuminating the Christmas story through music and reading. Featured are the Willamette University choirs, carols sung by the audience, and sacred readings and seasonal poetry prepared and read by Rhetoric Professor Jeanne Clark.
The choirs at Willamette University have performed at Carnegie Hall and in South Africa at the request of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They have sung for regional, national and international conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Oregon Music Educators Association.
Tickets are now on sale in the Willamette University Music office, Rogers Music Center. Tickets are $10 for all ages and can be purchased Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Music Office in the Rogers Music Center on campus, or by phone at (503) 370-6255. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For more information contact Diane Trevett in the Willamette Music Department at (503)-370-6255 or by email

Entered by: Diane Trevett d on 11/18/2014 18:22

Christmas Unplugged with John Doan
Willamette University presents Emmy-Nominated musician and storyteller John Doan with his acclaimed “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” program at Hudson Concert Hall located on campus at 900 State Street, Salem, Oregon 97301 at 7PM on Sunday, November 30th. Advanced tickets are available at the Music Department in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, or charge-by-phone at (503) 370-6255. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18.00. Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire one free ticket up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited). Also visit for photos and a video of this program.

Imagine stepping into a time machine with Dr. Who to experience the world when people actually entertained themselves and each other. That is what it may feel like entering the performance site that has been transformed into a period parlor. The immersion experience is heightened by group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs, and by hearing the very sounds of a century ago on period instruments common then (harp guitar, classical banjo, various zithers) but rarely if ever heard today. Emmy nominated for “Best Entertainment Special of the Year” John’s physical comedy interspersed with fine musicianship makes for a fun filled evening for all ages.
“John Doan reminds us in a way that is funny, musical and touching how we might find something we’ve lost from our homes and hearts.” –Focus Magazine

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including his Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special (seen on PBS) “A Victorian Christmas With John Doan.” He has performed with a diverse range of artists including Donovan, Burl Ives, Mason Williams, as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less guitar luminaries than Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Doan is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Entered by: Diane Trevett on 11/18/2014 18:20

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